Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Statue of Liberty as Air Quality Hits 'Hazardous' Levels

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Dense wildfire smoke continued to envelop New York City on Wednesday, June 7, as air quality and visibility plummeted.

By 5pm Wednesday, Fabien Levy, press secretary to Mayor Eric Adams, said parts of the city “hit 484 on the Air Quality index,” pushing it into the hazardous category.

On Tuesday, authorities issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for large swaths of the state, including New York City, where the smoke arrived on Tuesday afternoon. Another advisory was issued for Thursday, June 8, encompassing all of New York, with the exception of the Adirondacks.

Footage captured by Paul Dousset shows wildfire smoke envelope the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday evening. Credit: Paul Dousset via Storyful